Bicolor Uvaria
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Bicolor Uvaria
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Bicolor Uvaria • Adi: Rika Riya • Assamese: Hed-bheduli • Kuki: Rhuibom
Botanical name: Fissistigma bicolor    Family: Annonaceae (Sugar-apple family)
Synonyms: Fissistigma villosum, Uvaria bicolor, Melodorum bicolor

Bicolor Uvaria is a large woody climber with stem blackish brown. Leaves are 10-18 x 4-8 cm, elliptic, base rounded, tip blunt, hairless above, velvet-hairy beneath; leaf-stalks 6-12 mm, velvet-hairy. Flowers arise singly or 2-3 together, leaf-opposed, velvety woolly, flower-stalks about 1 cm, bracts about 7 mm. Sepals are 3, 5-8 x 5-6 mm, ovate, pointed, woolly outside. Petals are 6 (3+3), 18-20 x 6 mm, ovate-lanceshaped, pointed; inner ones shorter and narrower, hairless, red. Stamens are numerous, carpels 3 mm; style shortly curved. Fruits are 2-3 cm, spherical or nearly so, with a short sharp point, woolly. Ripe fruit is edible and sweet in taste. Bicolor Uvaria is native to East Himalaya, NE India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Vietnam.

Identification credit: Dipankar Borah Photographed in Komkar Village, Upper siang Distt. Arunachal Pradesh.

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